Ardmore holds special commission meeting

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- We may be getting closer to learning where Ardmore’s new branch campus will be built.

City commissioners say they're committed to finding a site. Ardmore higher education trustees have their eye on the regional park.

Commissioners took the first step in making that happen on Tuesday.

In a special meeting Tuesday morning, commissioners voted to ask the Regional Park Authority to transfer its lease of 30 acres in the southeast part of the park to the city of ardmore for higher education purposes.

The park authority is scheduled to consider the request at a meeting Wednesday.

If the measure passes, it does not mean that the campus will be built there. That decision will come later. This just gives the city commission power to put the wheels into motion.

Some commissioners expressed concerns about the site. They say constituents don't want to see more park-land developed into business and fear this measure could open the door for similar requests in the future.

"Balance between growth and parks at times elected officials make final decision if any on that property," said Ardmore city manager Dan Parrott.

The portion of land officials are considering was once intended for an 18-hole golf course.

City manager Dan Parrott says the YMCA has expressed interest in building there as well.

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